Use a 6"
hole saw, a saber saw, a keyhole saw or a drywall saw to cut a perfectly
round 6Ē hole on the top of your barrel. Drill two holes with a 29/32Ē drill bit, one
towards the top for an overflow and one towards the bottom of the
barrel for the faucet.
- Next use a 3/4" NPT pipe tap and twist it
into the upper 29/32" hole, then untwist the tap and back it
out of the hole, then repeat the same process for the lower 29/32"
Rinse your barrel out thoroughly, as it previously
had a food product in it. Avoid using bleach, as it is environmentally
harmful in the storm drains. For an environmentally safe soap solution
use 2 teaspoons of castile soap and 2 teaspoons of vinegar or lemon
juice for every gallon of water used to clean your barrel.
Twist in the threaded side
of the hose adapter into the 3/4" threaded hole towards the
top of the barrel.
- Prepare the threaded side of the brass faucet
- Wrapping it tightly with teflon tape, make four
or five rotations until all the threads are covered; or
- Applying a thin ribbon of Kitchen and Bath All
Purpose Adhesive Caulk, or similar sealant.
Twist in the threaded and now prepared end of
the faucet into the 3/4" threaded hole towards the bottom
of the barrel.
- Cover the 6" hole
in the top by placing the 6" louvered screen onto the barrel
with the louvered side up and the screen side down.
Slide a hose onto the hose adapter at the top
of barrel to direct the overflow water away from your home.
- Place two cinder blocks under the selected downspout
and place the barrel on this raised base.
- Cut your downspout about 4" above the top
of the barrel, add an elbow, and make any final adjustments to the
base and barrel.
- Add a hose on the faucet or keep it available
to fill a watering can.
- Enjoy your rain barrrel!
WILL NEED: a drill, a 6" hole saw (a saber saw, a keyhole saw, or
a drywall saw will also work), a 29/32" drill bit, a 3/4" pipe
tap, 6" louvered screen, 3/4" brass faucet, Teflon tape or all
purpose caulk, 3/4" hose adapter, and last but not least, a barrel
to suit your needs.
Plastic barrels are used for shipping and
storage of nice things like chutneys and olives, and not-so-nice things
like pesticides and heavy-duty detergents. Sometimes, the outside of a
barrel will tell you what it contained, but thereís no guarantee it hasnít
been refilled with something else. Know where your barrel comes from and
make sure itís clean!